First Quarter Community Relief Fund Update Emergency Grants

The Greensboro Association’s Community Relief Fund has awarded seven pandemic-related emergency grants totaling $8,750 for the first quarter of 2021.  Recipients of the latest grants were Craftsbury Community Care Center, Hardwick Area Food Pantry,  Four Season Early Learning, Greensboro Nursing Home, Craftsbury Saplings, Greensboro Free Library and Wonder Arts.
In keeping with Greensboro Association’s mission ” to support initiatives and organizations that enhance our community”, the Association’s Community Relief Fund has awarded grants totaling $38,750 since March 2020 to local front-line organizations dealing with  pandemic-related health, food, safety and education challenges.
Greensboro Association Community Relief Fund Committee
Becky Arnold
Rick Lovett
John Schweizer

Informational Meetings regarding Town Meeting

Informational Meetings regarding Town Meeting
In order to prepare for this novel town meeting, the selectboard is hosting informational sessions on Zoom. The annual meeting will consist of an Australian ballot, very similar to national or state elections. The traditional in-person meeting will not take place this year. These meetings will include an explanation of the budget and ballot. Questions will be entertained about anything related to the 2021 town meeting.  
Thursday, Jan. 14th at 6:30pm
Tuesday, Jan. 19th at 6:30pm.
Zoom Links can be found here.
Additional information can be found at https://www.greensborovt.org/.

 

ZONING – GPC Meeting time change for January 13 meeting

The Greensboro Planning Commission (GPC) has moved the start time for their January 13 meeting to 3:30pm EST (not 5pm as previously announced).   The agenda and zoom link for the meeting has been published on the Town website at the following link under the heading “GPC Meeting Agendas and Minutes – 2021”.

https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/

This meeting is a working regular meeting of the GPC and is open to the public.  For those who would like to understand the status of GPC’s deliberations and the Vermont State process for review and approval, please see this description.

How does the Town of Greensboro review and approve zoning bylaws?

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Four draft zoning proposals are under consideration and have been published on the Town of Greensboro website. https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/

– Short Term Rental Bylaw

– Shoreland Protection District Bylaw (Lakeshore District)

–  Extended Village District Proposal

–  Eligo Resource District Bylaw

More information about these four proposals is available below:

New Greensboro Zoning Proposals You Should Know About

December 19 UPDATE: New Short Term Rental Bylaw Proposal has changed

How Does the Town of Greensboro Review and Approve Zoning Bylaws?

The Greensboro Association has received the following information to clarify the process of reviewing and approving new zoning bylaws in Greensboro.  This information has been prepared for the GA by the zoning administrator for the Town, Brett Stanciu.  Her contact details are below.

Currently, there are four new zoning bylaws being considered – For more information, see our prior posts    New Greensboro Zoning Proposals You Should Know About   and  December 19 Update – New Short Term Rental Bylaw Proposal has changed

 

January 1, 2021

Dear Greensboro Association Members,

As Greensboro’s Zoning Administrator, I’m reaching out to facilitate communication among interested parties regarding proposed changes to Greensboro’s zoning bylaws. The process to amend Greensboro’s zoning bylaws is a lengthy one, requires a significant period of time to complete, and provides opportunities for everyone to be heard. 

The Greensboro Planning Commission is charged with drafting proposed amendments to the Town’s zoning bylaws, guided by the Greensboro Town Plan. Subcommittees of the Planning Commission are in the process of drafting four proposed amendments. This material is posted on the Planning Commission’s page on the Town’s official website. 

At this date, the Planning Commission has not yet voted upon any of the proposed amendments. The Planning Commission’s next meeting, open to the public and held via Zoom, is scheduled for January 13. After the Planning Commission approves any or all amendments to the bylaws, additional steps in the process are required. These include:

  • The Planning Commission will hold a hearing to gather public input, with a warning at least two weeks in advance. For homeowners who wish to offer their comments, this hearing (which will be held via Zoom) will provide an opportunity for them to do so in person.
  • The Planning Commission may make changes to the proposed amendments and then submit the amendments to the Select Board. If the Select Board votes to approve the amendments, the Select Board will hold a second public hearing (warned at least two weeks in advance) to gather public input. Again, for homeowners who wish to offer their comments, that Select Board public hearing (which will be held online via Zoom) will provide another opportunity to comment.
  • After this public hearing, if the Select Board votes to make significant changes to the amendments, then the Select Board will schedule an additional public hearing. If the Select Board approves the proposed amendments without significant changes, the proposed amendments would then proceed to a town vote.

This process is established by Vermont State Statue §4441 (Preparation of bylaws and regulatory tools; amendment or repeal) and Vermont State Statue §4442 (Adoption of bylaws and related regulatory tools; amendment or repeal).

Additional important information:

  • The dates for the public hearings have not yet been set, since the Planning Commission has not yet approved the proposed amendments.
  • The town website will post agendas, virtual warnings, and supplementary materials when available. Please note that all public hearings require a two-week warning. This information is available at greensborovt.org/planning-commission/.
  • The Planning Commission meets on the second Wednesday of each month. These meetings are open to the public, but these are working meetings and cannot accommodate lengthy public comment. The warned public hearings will be devoted exclusively to public comment. Due to the pandemic, all public hearings will be virtual until further notice.

Last and by no means least, community input is an important part of this process. The Planning Commission has asked me to collect all comments, so please send any written comments to me. I will copy all emails and letters that I receive and distribute those to the Planning Commission members for their review.

Please let me know if you have questions or input regarding this process.

Brett Stanciu, Zoning Administrator
Town of Greensboro
PO Box 119
Greensboro, VT 05843
[email protected]
802-533-2640

 

December 19 UPDATE: New Short Term Rental Bylaw Proposal has changed

The Town of Greensboro’s Planning Commission (GPC) has posted four additional documents on the Town’s official website following our email earlier this week, one of which makes a significant change in the GPC’s proposed Short-Term Rental (STR) bylaw by removing the one week minimum rental period in favor of a new minimum rental period of three nights from June 15th to September 15th for Caspian Lake properties.  All other parts of the STR bylaw (fees, application requirements and DRB submissions) remain substantially the same.

Those four documents (itemized below) are available at https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/ under the heading GPC Supplemental Documents for Meetings 2021.   The Greensboro Association (GA) strongly advises that all members review these documents, as well as those covered by our email of December 17 entitled New Greensboro Zoning Proposals You Should Know About

The GA is advised that the GPC may vote on the proposed new bylaws as early as the GPC’s next scheduled meeting on January 13, 2021 (Wednesday afternoon 3:30 p.m. *NOTE TIME CHANGE*).  That meeting will be held via Zoom and interested members of the public are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to submit questions and offer comments.

We advise that all GA members take the time to review these new draft zoning proposals promptly and submit comments or concerns in writing to the GPC at [email protected] by January 13, 2021.

The GPC will post the Zoom link for the January 13, 2021 meeting at https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/

 

The GPC’s four supplemental postings are:

Proposed Short-Term Rental Bylaw, draft, 1.13.2021:  This is a revised draft of the GPC’s proposed new rental bylaw.  It establishes a new minimum rental period of three nights during the period of June 15th to September 15th, and no minimum rental period outside of those dates.  The proposed one-rental-per-week requirement (which would have required a property to remain vacant for the remainder of the week if rented for less than a week) has been dropped.  We expect further revisions to this draft by the GPC.

The Rationale of a Greensboro Short-Term Rental Bylaw 1.13.2021:  This 12-page report carefully notes that it has been prepared by a subcommittee of the GPC “to inform the Greensboro community of [the] rationale for a proposed bylaw to manage short term rentals” and “may not necessarily reflect the unanimous view of the entire” GPC.

Zoning Application for STR, draft, 1.13.21:  This is a draft of the proposed two-page application that property owners would have to complete and submit to the Town in order to obtain a permit to rent their property for short term rentals aggregating more than 14 days total.

State of VT Short-Term Rental Safety, Health and Financial Obligations, 1.13.2021:  This is the State form that property owners would have to complete and submit to the Town (and also post within their property) in order to obtain a permit to rent their property for short term rentals aggregating more than 14 days total.

 

Please Note:

The Greensboro Association views its role to inform our membership of these potential zoning changes, and to provide contact information if individuals wish to weigh in on the process to the Greensboro Planning Commission.  We do not have a gatekeepers role nor do we wish to vet public comments which properly should be made  directly to the GPC.   Consequently, we have made the decision not to continue to post comments on our site.  We urge anyone who has an opinion, concern or comment (pro or con) regarding the pending draft zoning proposals to express it via email, mail or in person to the GPC using the contact information provided above. Thank you.

New Greensboro Zoning Proposals You Should Know About

The Town of Greensboro’s Planning Commission is proposing that the Town enact four significant new bylaws governing property use in Greensboro.  These four proposed bylaws have recently been posted on the Town’s official website https://www.greensborovt.org/planning-commission/under the subheading “GPC Meeting Supplemental Documents 2020”. The draft bylaws are subject to further revision by the Planning Commission and final approval by the Town’s Selectboard.

We advise that all Greensboro Association (GA) members take the time to review these new proposals and submit comments or concerns in writing to the Planning Commission at [email protected] by January 13, 2021.

The GA is advised that the Planning Commission is planning to vote on these proposed bylaws as early as the Commission’s next scheduled meeting on Wednesday evening (5:00 p.m.) on January 13, 2021.  That meeting will be held via Zoom and interested members of the public are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to submit questions and offer comments.  The Commission has advised us that directions for accessing the meeting via Zoom will be posted on the Commission’s page on the Town’s website on the day of the meeting.

Bylaw description and location

The first new bylaw entitled Proposed Short-term Rental bylaw will – beginning in 2022 – regulate short-term rentals (STRs) of 30 days or less, will impose a 7-day minimum on all STRs (i.e., if a property is rented for less than a week, it must remain vacant for the remainder of that week), will require that all rental properties be inspected and receive a permit from the Town’s Development Review Board with an annual fee, and will impose an additional 1% tax on rental revenues.

The second new bylaw entitled Proposed Shoreland Protection District bylaw will revise the Town’s existing zoning regulations, particularly in the shoreland protection district (i.e., the properties around Caspian Lake and the properties within Greensboro around Lake Eligo).

The third new bylaw entitled Extended Village Zoning District proposal draft bylaw and landowner letter will reduce lot size requirements in certain areas of Greensboro from an existing minimum of 10 acres to a proposed minimum of two acres.

A fourth bylaw proposal regarding Lake Eligo will increase lot size requirements in the large wooded area east of Lake Eligo from an existing minimum of 10 acres to a proposed minimum of 25 acres.

There are some additional documents in these sections outlining the reasoning, rationales and summaries of the proposed changes to the Town’s zoning bylaws.

If the above-referenced drafts (or any respective successor drafts) are approved by the Planning Commission at its Wednesday, January 13th meeting, we are advised that (i) the Planning Commission will hold an official public hearing on the proposed new bylaws on or after February 13, 2021 and (ii) if the Planning Commission approves those bylaws at that (or any subsequent) official public hearing, the Planning Commission will then forward those bylaws to the Town’s Selectboard for its review and approval.  It is of course possible that the foregoing anticipated schedule may change.

The GA will continue to monitor further developments with respect to these zoning proposals and will seek to keep you informed thereof by posting further reports on this webpage.

 

Please Note:

The Greensboro Association views its role to inform our membership of these potential zoning changes, and to provide contact information if individuals wish to weigh in on the process to the Greensboro Planning Commission.  We do not have a gatekeepers role nor do we wish to vet public comments which properly should be made  directly to the GPC.   Consequently, we have made the decision not to continue to post comments on our site.  We urge anyone who has an opinion, concern or comment (pro or con) regarding the pending draft zoning proposals to express it via email, mail or in person to the GPC using the contact information provided above. Thank you.

UNIVERSAL QUARANTINE MANDATED BY STATE OF VERMONT

With holidays approaching and COVID cases rising in Vermont and nationwide, the State of Vermont has issued a mandatory quarantine for anyone traveling into or returning to Vermont.

Governor Scott notes that universal quarantine is particularly critical to observe as we approach the holiday season, as travel and indoor gatherings central to the season are the two biggest contributors to the spread of COVID 19.

The State discourages non-essential travel, and is advocating for virtual holiday celebrations.

Quarantine is defined as 14 days on one’s own property.  If you haven’t had any symptoms of COVID-19, you may also have the option to seek a PCR test on or after Day 7 to end quarantine early with a negative result.

Locally, this means Willey’s and area stores, library and post offices are OFF LIMITS to anyone in quarantine.  The Greensboro Stannard Emergency Response Team will reinstitute the delivery system so successful previously in helping people get supplies and meet needs.

Please note that according to the State Department of Health, the only reliable test is the PCR test, given 5-7 days after exposure, NOT the COVID rapid test.   PCR tests are available locally at Kinney Drug in Morrisville and area pop up sites (more information to be provided as these are established).  Copley Hospital will also administer tests, but only with a doctor’s order.  Turn around time is generally 2-3 days. Any tests taken before arrival in Vermont at this time are not valid reasons to avoid quarantine.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Vermont State Department of Health link provided here:

As always, mask-wearing, social distancing, and hand sanitizing are essential measures to limiting the spread of COVID-19.   May we all stay safe, and have a healthy holiday season.

Halloween Magic Happens!

Just a couple days into Greensboro’s first snowfall, its hard to believe so many of us were so recently strolling up and down Breezy Avenue in a variety of colorful costumes, trick or treating at well decorated locations along the way.  Spirits were high, and buoyed by live music, roving artists, and the creativity of neighbors, many gathered on the Village Green to have their fortunes told, then spilled into Fellowship Hall for hot drinks, grilled cheese sandwiches, and a bit of community warmth.

Many thanks to Modern Times Theatre for their organizational skills and vision, along with support from the Greensboro United Church, Greensboro Free Library, Highland Center for the Arts, WonderArts, Spark, Circus Smirkus, Bread and Puppet Theatre, Hazen Union Arts Academy and the Greensboro Association.

This was one event where masks, while required, were definitely part of the fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virtual Public Meeting Video Available: Greensboro Watershed Water Quality Trends, Fish Biology Trends, & Opportunities for Increased Protection of Public Waters

The Stewards of the Greensboro Watershed and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation held a virtual public meeting on August 24 to discuss water quality trends in Vermont’s water bodies in the Greensboro Watershed, including Caspian Lake, Lake Elligo, and Long Pond, and discuss opportunities to increase protection of these high-quality waters.  The recording of this meeting is available here:

Recording of Greensboro Watershed Status Public Meeting

Halloween Celebration in Greensboro

All are welcome to join the “Hafta-have-a-Halloween Festival” in Greensboro Village, Saturday, October 31st, from 4-6pm.
Modern Times Theater is working with area organizations and individuals to create a fun, safe, outdoor event for the whole family. In addition to trick-or-treating and hot food offered by the Greensboro United Church, there will be art activities, roving performances, exhibits, music, and a real blue moon!
The event is free, but donations are welcome.
Participating groups include: the Greensboro Free Library, the Highland Center for the Arts, WonderArts, Spark, Circus Smirkus, Bread and Puppet Theater, and the Hazen Union Arts Academy.
This event is supported in part by the Greensboro Association
All attendees are asked to follow the state safety guidelines: stay home if you’re sick, maintain distance from others, and wear a mask.
For more info: [email protected]

High Speed Internet Connectivity in Greensboro

The Town of Greensboro Planning Commission has asked us to distribute the following survey to our membership. High-Speed internet connectivity is the subject of intensive effort in the area through a consortium of users called NEK Community Broadband. Internet connectivity was one of the top things that Greensboro residents identified as something they wanted to improve through the USDA community grant initiative that we went through last winter and spring. This survey includes an assessment of your current connection speed as well as a few questions to assess overall interest and need. The quality of the survey increases with the number of people who participate, so please respond. All seasonal and year-round residents are invited to participate.
You can participate by clicking on the following link (or copying and pasting into your browser) – http://nek.tilsontech.com/
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! Please fill out the survey by September 25.
NEK Community Broadband (www.nekbroadband.org) is a Communications Union District (CUD) working to provide every E911 business and residential address in 31 towns in Northern Vermont with access to a minimum speed of 100 Mbps, symmetrical, at an affordable price. The goal is to ultimately get every home and business connected to a fiber-optic network. NEK Broadband will use wireless as an interim solution to get as many addresses connected as soon as possible.
What does 100mb/sec symmetrical mean? 
Symmetrical connections offer the same upload and download speeds.  So if you were to subscribe to a 100mb/sec symmetrical plan, you would be able to download and upload at that speed simultaneously.  Basically, it means your data travels at the same speeds in either direction. Your download and upload speeds are equal, and you can do the two simultaneously equally fast. The higher the number the faster your data travels. For example, a single user with 100 Mbps internet speed will be able to stream Netflix, YouTube TV, Hulu, and other streaming services. It’s also enough for downloading HD video and photos, participating in a Zoom call and doing basic internet stuff like surfing the web and checking email.
What is your current internet speed?
You can find out your internet speed on a smartphone or computer by downloading an app or visiting a speed test online. The speed test result will give you download and upload numbers. The lower the number the slower your internet experience will be. An easy online speed test may be found at:  https://www.speedtest.net/

Gratitude to Our Community and Visitors

At Monday’s Greensboro Emergency Response Team meeting, Town Health Officer Carl Stein reported that the Greensboro area did not see the anticipated spike in COVID cases following either of the major summer holiday weekends.

This good news was attributed to the excellent communication efforts of GERT, and particularly to the diligence of summer residents and out of state visitors in adhering to the protective guidelines outlined by the State of Vermont.

Committee member Tim Nesbit noted an increase in lights around the lake since as early as March and April, yet careful and caring residents have been “playing by the rules,” to the benefit of everyone.  Communications—early and often—by organized entities like GERT have made it easy for people to have the information necessary to ensure the health and well-being of this community.

With spikes occurring in states across the country, the collaborative effort seen here is a testament to what’s required to manage this pandemic.  Many thanks to our responsive and responsible town—lets keep up the good work!

Lake Health and Links to Resources From the Greensboro Annual Meeting

During the Greensboro Association Annual meeting on Thursday August 6, these links were shared which are resources for lake health and care.   Thank you to the Lakewise Organization, as well as Christine Armstrong for sharing them.  For more information about the programs on Caspian Lake, please see this article on the Greensboro Association Website.

https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/lakes/Lakewise/docs/lp_VermontLakeWiseNativePlantList.pdf

https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/lakes/Lakewise/docs/lp_naturalcomm.pdf

https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/lakes/docs/Shoreland/Lake%20Wise%20Keystone%20Native%20Species.pdf

https://dec.vermont.gov/sites/dec/files/wsm/lakes/Lakewise/docs/lp_singlepagebmp.pdf

https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/lakes-ponds/lakeshores-lake-wise/bmp

The 2020 GA Annual Meeting will be held August 6 at 4pm

The 2020 Annual Meeting for the Greensboro Association will be held on August 6 at 4:00 pm.   We sincerely hope many of our members will be able to attend to hear about the great work of the GA in this unusual year.

This meeting will occur electronically via ZOOM. Please refer to the email from the GA with the Zoom link. If you have misplaced or deleted that email please email [email protected] and we will send the link. You will be able to access the meeting via internet or phone. Information about How to access a Zoom meeting can be found HERE.

Documents for the meeting are available at the links below.

GA Annual Meeting Agenda Aug 6 2020

ANNUAL MEETING MINUTES FROM 2019 (FOR APPROVAL) https://www.greensboroassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2019-8-8-GA-Annual-Meeting-MinutesUnapproved.docx

NOMINATIONS SLATE (FOR APPROVAL)  https://www.greensboroassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/2020-GA-Nominations-Committee-Report-.pdf

2019-20 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND PROPOSED BUDGET https://www.greensboroassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/GATreasReport-2020-Finalwithbudget.pdf

2020-21 COMMITTEE REPORTS  https://www.greensboroassociation.org/resources/reports/

 

HOW DO I ACCESS A ZOOM MEETING?  https://www.greensboroassociation.org/how-do-i-access-a-zoom-meeting/

 

Cross State Travel Information for Visitors to Vermont and Mandatory Mask Order (as of July 31, 2020)

Results: 2020 Caspian Challenge

Congratulations to overall 5K winner Pablo Coddou (23.0), the overall Lake Loop Winners Evan Thorton-Sherman (38.35) and Anne Treadwell (50.35)  Click here for all results

Next year’s race will be Sunday, July 25, 2021. Mark your calendars!

Special thanks to all of those who came out to help on the day, especially Stew Arnold and Cathy Irwin who organized the event for the Greensboro Association.

Self-Guided History Explorer Walk in Greensboro Village

Looking for a fun, interesting activity this summer?  Take the self-guided History Explorer Walk in Greensboro Village or Greensboro Bend.  Children and adults alike are invited to explore a bit of  Greensboro’s history with a fun, self-guided walk through the village sponsored by the Greensboro Historical Society & Greensboro Free Library.  Pick up a map with a questionnaire on the back at the Greensboro Free Library, the Greensboro Historical Society, at Smith’s Store or print out at home from one of our websites,

(https://www.greensborofreelibrary.org/ or https://www.greensborohistoricalsociety.org/.

It’s a great walk, with some surprising information and there are even prizes for answering questions.  Follow the numbered designations to each historic location where you can read the history and answer the questionnaire, if you wish, to receive a free volume of the history of Greensboro. (Take sheets to the library to receive book.) Find photos of the first town hall or the Caspian Lake House in Greensboro Village, or the workers at the first sawmill in Greensboro Bend. The walk will be posted from July 15 – Labor Day.

Much of the information came from the booklet “An Architectural Walking Tour of Greensboro, VT” prepared by GHS in 2001. Copies of that booklet are available to check out from the GFL or for sale on the GHS website or purchased at the GHS museum on a Saturday morning 10 – 1.–

GA’s Community Relief Fund Matching Grant:  Help Rhodes Reach the Finish Line!

We are nearly there!  Thanks to the generosity of caring contributors, the matching grant for the Greensboro Association’s Community Relief Fund is very close to reaching its goal.  Initiated by 8th grade summer resident Rhodes Boester and supported by a generous anonymous donor, this grant will match up to $10,000 of funds raised by July 31st.

With just over a week left, now’s the time to make a donation of any size, and the impact of your gift will be doubled.

The Community Relief Fund is making monthly distributions to organizations best positioned to meet emergency needs.  Initial support has been targeted toward food, medical supplies, and personal protective gear necessary for first responders.   We are committed to providing critical support throughout the coming year, so every dollar raised matters!

Donations can be made through the Greensboro Association website (www.greensboroassociation.org), or by personal check (mail to GA, Community Relief Fund, PO Box 59, Greensboro, VT, 05841).

For more information about the Fund and the matching grant, read what Rhodes himself has to say:

Hello,

My name is Rhodes Boester, and I am in eighth grade. I live in Rye, NY with my parents and two brothers. During my time at home during this pandemic, I began to think of ways to help people in the Greensboro Community impacted by the Covid-19 epidemic. I spent some time looking at organizations that help those hit hard during these times. One group and cause stood out to me: The Greensboro Association Community Relief Fund. I chose it for many reasons. First, I have spent a lot of time in Greensboro throughout my life, and know how special the community really is. Secondly, it is a small organization, and is likely to not have the resources to help people as large charitable organizations have. There are many small businesses and people who are struggling to make ends meet, and this group is helping them. Please consider a donation, however big or small, to this organization. There are two ways to donate: Either send a check to Greensboro Association, Community Relief Fund, PO Box 59, Greensboro VT. 05841, or visit their website (https://www.greensboroassociation.org/covid/). An anonymous donor will match all donations, up to a sum of $10,000. When donating, mention my name to have your donation matched.

Thank you,

Rhodes Boester

You can find out more about the Greensboro Association Community Relief fund at this link.   The GA Covid-19 Community Relief Fund.  

Help The Hardwick Gazette – subscribe today!

As your thoughts turn to Greensboro this summer, please consider subscribing to the Hardwick Gazette.   Our local paper, in existence since 1889, is struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As you may be aware, many local news outlets like The Hardwick Gazette are grappling with the loss of ad revenue and over the counter paper sales. The Gazette has been able to keep news flowing by suspending the print version of the paper for now, and by focusing on a new and improved electronic edition which is now delivered to your email mailbox every Wednesday morning.   However, they need subscribers to survive.
Circulation-wise, the Gazette has just over 750 digital subscribers.  They have set a goal to increase subscriptions to 1,000 subscribers by Labor Day.
You can help!    Please consider subscribing to the Gazette (six-month subscription for $25, annual subscription of $45.)  Subscriptions are available at The Hardwick Gazette website
Each person makes a difference!

July 1 post from the Town of Greensboro and the GERT about July 4th weekend

We have been asked to post this by the Town of Greensboro and the Greensboro/Stannard Emergency Response Team.   For additional posts, go to the Town website at www.greensborovt.org.

July 1, 2020

Dear Greensboro Neighbors and Guests,

July 4th weekend may be the most popular time of year for families to gather together here in the NEK. The Emergency Response Team would like to take a moment to refresh folks’ understanding of Vermont COVID-19 protocols for new arrivals into the Greensboro/Stannard community–both those who briefly leave VT, then return; and those arriving for the first time.

*** Absence of symptoms does not mean absence of infection. Treat everyone as if you and they are infected. 6-8 feet apart, masks, hand hygiene. ***

State protocols for new arrivals into Vermont give travelers 3 options:

  1. Vermont’s county-by-county quarantine-free travel policy allows quarantine-free direct travel to and from designated counties with fewer than 400 active cases of COVID-19 per one million residents in New England, New York, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia, only if traveling in a personal vehicle with no stops on the way.
  2. Vermonters and visitors traveling to and from counties where there is higher infection and all other states not listed above, must be quarantined (14 days or 7 days with a negative test result) either in VT or in their home state before driving to VT, non-stop, in a personal vehicle.
  3. Any travel into VT via any method other than a non-stop personal vehicle requires quarantine in Vermont–14 days or 7 days followed by a negative test result.

Testing details:

  • Date of arrival in VT is Day 0.
  • The nearest pop-up COVID-19 test sites are in Hyde Park, St. Johnsbury, Newport, or Barre. Register here: Vermont Pop-Up Testing. If the site is full, go as a walk in. No one is being turned away. Please do not travel far. Find a site that is close and near the date you want to be tested and go in as a walk in even if you have not registered online.
  • It is best not to be tested before 7 days of quarantine. Viral load in the nasal cavity is not detectable before day 3. It increases daily with its peak on Day 7 delivering the most accurate results.
  • Positive results will be communicated within 48 hours. If no call is received after 48 hours, assume a negative test and the quarantine period is complete. Written results are returned within 5 days.
  • If you have symptoms you must be referred through a Vermont health care provider. If you do not have a local provider, call Copley Hospital (888-8888) for a testing referral.

Did your family member leave Greensboro and return? The guidelines state that people hosting travelers do not need to quarantine. When travelers to Vermont who are under quarantine are staying with others in a home or lodging, the people hosting those travelers do not need to quarantine. If they are sharing space with others, people who are under quarantine should stay at least six feet from the people they are sharing the space with and are advised to wear a mask. Disinfect commonly touched surfaces. People in the same household should check themselves for symptoms (self-observation) for 14 days. But because this is a community of elders, we ask for a voluntary extra step–that hosts refrain from circulating in the community and quarantine together.  Risk exists.

Anyone coming to Vermont is strongly encouraged to sign up for a daily symptom check reminder called Sara Alert. It is not a contact tracing system. For more information about how to quarantine, visit the Vermont Department of Health’s quarantine chart.

If you have questions, please call Karl Stein, Greensboro Town Health Officer, at 533-2379 or Christine Armstrong, Greensboro Deputy Health Officer, at 802-363-8500.

Together, we have acted mindfully and intelligently in our approach to COVID-19 both as a state and as a small community. That can’t stop now. The Emergency Response Team will continue to support Greensboro and Stannard as we all carry on, together.